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How Do Republicans Sort Out Their Crowded Debate Stage? Today on @MTP

Mark and Carrie discuss the decision by Fox News to limit its GOP debate to the top 10 candidates, as well as who might get left out in the cold.

Republican Party

Analysis: 'Ghost Soldiers,' Ineffective Strikes Allow ISIS to Seize Ramadi

The fall of Iraq's Ramadi to ISIS was Baghdad's worst military disaster and the most damaging setback for the U.S. strategy to defeat the extremists in almost a year.

Lawmaker Hanin Qadoo called the weekend seizure of the city just 70 miles west of Baghdad "grave and serious." Even worse, the …

Middle East

The Lid: Clinton Breaks Her Silence (Briefly)

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…Rapper and cannabis enthusiast Snoop Dogg took a moment Tuesday to get his mind off his money and his money off his mind to endorse Hillary Clinton, we assume to curry favor for his eventual request for a top administration post. No one has

Hillary Clinton

'Setback' Is Word of the Day at White House As ISIS Remains Hot Topic

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly describes an ISIS takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi as a "setback."

White House

Hillary Clinton Emails to Be Released by January: State Department

WASHINGTON — The State Department has proposed releasing portions of 55,000 pages of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by next January.

The department made the proposal in a federal court filing Monday night, in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News.

In the …

Hillary Clinton

First Read: Last Night's Wild Kentucky Primary

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter

Last night's wild primary in Kentucky

The premiere political race of 2015 -- Kentucky's gubernatorial contest -- delivered a wild primary result last …

Elections

Rand Paul: ISIS More of an Aberration than Saddam Hussein

Sen. Rand Paul considers questions about Iraq and how to handle "secular dictators" like Saddam Hussein "important" and should be posed to all of the leading presidential candidates.

Responding to a question about how former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida dealt with a week of queries about …

Saddam Hussein

Sen. Rand Paul Does Not Commit to Patriot Act Filibuster

As fights over the temporarily reauthorizing and changing of the Patriot Act loom, one prominent critic did not commit to battling a possible extension ahead of the June 1 deadline.

In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Rand Paul did not indicate whether he would filibuster an extension, …

National Security Agency

#ComPRESSed: ISIS and Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

NERDSCREEN: The Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

The picture of faith in America is changing rapidly, according to data released by the Pew Research Center this past week, and those changes may have some big impacts the American political scene.

The United States is still overwhelmingly a Christian nation - more than 70% of adult Americans said …

Polling

#NerdScreen: Church and Politics

Chuck looks at the rapid increase in the number of Americans who say they aren't religious and what it means for politics.

U.S. Strikes A Blow Against ISIS: Richard Engel Reports

NBC's Chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel details the raid in Syria that could provide key information for the U.S. military.

Richard Engel

Sen. Cory Booker: ISIS Raid a 'Success'

Cory Booker

Cory Booker: U.S. Falling 'Dramatically Behind' on Infrastructure

Cory Booker

Tom Friedman: U.S. Infrastructure like the Flinstones

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman explains why he believes Infrastructure should be a top priority for the United States

Jeb Bush's Tough Week on Iraq

Middle East

What can Jeb Bush Learn from Hillary Clinton's 2008 Iraq Flub

The MTP panel examines Hillary Clinton's answers about her vote on the war in Iraq during the 2008 campaign and what Jeb Bush could learn from her flub.

Middle East

Rand Paul Responds to Jeb Bush's Iraq Answers

Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul explains why he believes Jeb Bush's answers on the war in Iraq are important to address during the campaign.

Middle East

Rand Paul On Reauthorizing the Patriot Act

Patriot Act

Jeb Bush Announces Plans to 'Campaign Hard' in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday declared he would aggressively campaign to win the caucuses here, ending any doubt about his participation in the first contest of the GOP primary but also opening himself up to the possibility of a defeat that could severely damage his …

Jeb Bush

A gift basket for Clinton from the GOP - The Washington Post

At this point in the campaign, do you see the Republican presidential hopeful who’s going to beat Hillary Clinton? I didn’t think so.

Not if what we’re watching now is the best the GOP can do. Maybe a thoroughbred will emerge from the coming debates, assuming the party finds a way to cram all the …

Hillary Clinton

The trade pact debate gets personal - The Washington Post

This time, it’s personal.

For months the Democrats’ internecine fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal — President Obama wants it, and his co-partisans on Capitol Hill generally don’t — relied on abstract scaremongering. Then populists began turning to contorted procedural objections, …

Trade Pact

Time for candidate Clinton to step up on trade - The Washington Post

President Obama, so often cool and cautious in his language, gave a full-throated roar on trade last week, saying thatSen. Elizabeth Warren was “ absolutely wrong ” in her criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that “her arguments don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny .”

I think Obama is …

Elections

Playing politics with defense spending - The Washington Post

THERE ISN’T much bipartisan governance left in Washington, but if anything still fits that description, it’s probably the annual defense authorization act, which sets spending levels and policy for the Pentagon, and, therefore, usually brings Republicans and Democrats together in support of …

Military Spending

Gov. Rick Scott is wrong - The Washington Post

IT HAS always been irrational for states to decline to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. The 21 states that have refused to take advantage of this element of Obamacare have denied access to coverage for 4 million people, left billions in federal health-care dollars on …

Rick Scott

How Congress Botched the IRS Probe

Two years ago this week, a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Information confirmed what hundreds of tea party, conservative, pro-life and pro-Israel organizations had long known: The Internal Revenue Service had stopped processing their applications for exempt status and subjected …

IRS Targeting Controversy

The Vatican and the Palestinians

The practical effect of the Vatican’s decision to sign a treaty recognizing the state of Palestine is debatable, but it is a symbolic victory for Palestinians who are struggling to keep alive their dream of a Palestinian state, which has been thwarted by the Israeli government of Prime Minister …

Middle East

End Immigration Detention

Of all the malfunctioning parts in the country’s broken-down immigration machinery, probably the most indefensible is the detention system.

This is the vast network of jails and prisons where suspected immigration violators are held while awaiting a hearing and possible deportation. Immigrant …

Immigration

First Read's Morning Clips

OBAMA AGENDA: The fight over NSA data collection

The New York Times looks at the lengthy fight over NSA bulk data collection -- and what it means for democracy.

The Washington Post writes that an inspector general report shows that Secret Service supervisors didn't report agents' misconduct.

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Republicans